U.S. self regulator gives its stamp of approval to 13 hemp firms

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American self-regulator U.S. Hemp Authority has given its stamp of approval to 13 companies the group says have met its quality and safety standards.

“As the market for hemp-derived products undergoes rapid growth, it is critically important for us to signal to the world that we intend to act responsibly,” said Marielle Weintraub, U.S. Hemp Authority president. “Quality assurance and safety must come first, and that’s why we set off on this journey.”

The U.S. Hemp Authority was set in motion last year by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a coalition of more than 50 hemp companies that lobby for hemp at the federal level.

The certification is designed specifically to educate hemp farmers and producers about Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Those who have been awarded the Authority’s Certification Seal are:

  • Charlotte’s Web, Boulder, Colorado
  • HempMeds, San Diego, California
  • Medterra CBD, Irvine, California
  • Balanced Health Botanicals, Louisville, Colorado
  • HD Distribution, Louisville, Colorado
  • MetaCan, Roswell, Georgia
  • GenCanna, Winchester, Kentucky
  • Shell Farms, Winchester, Kentucky
  • Nature’s Hemp Oil, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Hempworx, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Barlean’s, Ferndale, Washington
  • CV Sciences, San Diego, California
  • Bluebird Botanicals, Colorado

The U.S. Hemp Authority is working on an updated program, called Guidance Plan 2.0, which will take ongoing input from farmers and certified companies as well as stakeholders in the fiber, oilseed, nutritional supplement and extract industries.

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